Retribution.--There was an instance of just retribution for treason at Rich Mountain
. The Hon. John Hughes
, of Beverley
, a member of the Virginia Secession Convention at Richmond
, heard by some means that our troops were endeavoring to turn the flank of the rebels.
He mounted a horse and sped up the hill rapidly, to carry the information to Col. Pegram
When near the summit he was hailed by pickets.
Supposing they were Federal pickets, he cried out, “Hold, I am a Northern man.”
The next instant he fell into the road a corpse, riddled by thirty balls.
He had lied, and his own friends, the rebels, whom he was striving to save, believing they were his enemy, put an end to his career.--Louisville Journal, Aug 1